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After rain check, 'De far a far' walk-run rescheduled for Sunday May 5

The Formentera Council's office of sport reports that the De far a far walk-run is happening Sunday May 5. Rough weather on Sunday April 21 forced organisers to postpone the event, which turns six this year and is put on by the àrea de l'Esport and Grup Esportiu Espalmador.

All those interested can sign up on the elitechip.net website for €20 (race participants) or €15 (walkers). Refunds can be requested on the site for those who registered for the original date but cannot take part in the rescheduled event.

The day's programme, beginning at es Cap lighthouse, remains unchanged. Walkers are expected for a 9.00am start and the running contingent sets out two hours later, and both groups trace the same 26K circuit before cutting across la Mola to the lighthouse. Shuttle buses will take participants to the start point. The first bus leaves la Savina at 7.45am, Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc at 8.00am and es Cap/Cala Saona crossroads at 8.15am. Another bus will service the same stops two hours later (9.45am, 10.00am and 10.15am).

The final three-kilometre stretch of es Cap road will be closed to vehicle traffic for thirty minutes from 9.00am and 11.00am to allow runners to pass. Participants will be on secondary arterials and country roads for the remainder of the event and no further traffic disruptions are planned.

 

April 25, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera marks return to repurposing posidonia seagrass

foto-posidonia-ca-mari-- prems1The Formentera Council's office of environment is offering local farmers Posidonia oceanica seagrass from island beaches to encourage traditional applications like reusing it as a fertiliser for crops, bedding for animals and ceiling isolation in country homes. Islanders keen to benefit from the programme should contact the environment office—l'àrea de Medi Ambient—in person, by phone (971.32.12.10) or via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Delivery is provided free of charge.

The Council's removal of the seagrass happens in coordination with the Spanish coastal authority. Environment chief Daisee Aguilera said crews were at beaches in Cala Saona and es Ca Marí, where residents had requested the service specifically. The material piled up this winter and particularly during recent days of rough weather.

Four hundred cubic metres of the seagrass have been hauled off to date. Aguilera said beaches had also been combed for plastics and pollutants that wash up on the shoreline in winter—part of an effort not only to improve the image that greets the island's early summer visitors, but especially to care for the local environment. The councillor also saluted the non-profits and volunteers that took part in clearing washed up rubbish from beaches and the shoreline.


April 24, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

At London Marathon expo, Formentera touts credentials as sports destination

for-esport premsa1From today, Wednesday April 24, to Saturday, representatives of the Formentera Council's office of tourism will be at the Excel centre (already familiar to attendees of November's World Travel Market) to promote the island at the London Marathon expo. The expo will wind down just in time for the London Marathon to play out on the streets of the UK capital.

Head of local tourism Carlos Bernús described it as “a red-letter event in fitness circles” and said “Formentera at the London Marathon expo just made sense: more and more, Formentera is positioning as a one of a kind backdrop for sporting fixtures”.

Formentera will share a space at the expo with the other Balearic Islands at the region's “Strategic Agency for Tourism”, or AETIB. Bernús indicated that reps would be pushing a freshly printed catalogue detailing the major sporting events which are scheduled on the island at the beginning and end of the summer season.

Also translated into English, the catalogue gives an overview of the 14 premier sports- and fitness-related events (the total number is approximately thirty) geared towards “drawing a brand of tourism that respects our natural surroundings and environment and turning Formentera to a place for fitness—for visitors and islanders alike”.

The promotional initiative was requested by the sports wing of the “Strategic Sectors in Tourism” (SET).


April 24, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera clears the way for new rules on for-profit holiday rentals

votacio---ple-extra-abril-20191The Formentera Council convened its full assembly today for a one-off session that brought approval for an assortment of tourism regulation statutes which, in the words of land and tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer, “will get the ball rolling on registration so we can see single- and multi-family homes cleared as holiday rentals as early as this summer”.

The first measure—backed by Gent per Formentera and the Socialists and voted against by the Popular Party—involved the final go-ahead for a one-off tweak of the island's Pla Territorial Insular (“Land Strategy”). The changes, which are geared towards protecting historical residential areas, include new tourism zoning for five thousand rental permits in rural parts of the island (except the vicinity of ses Salines and Formentera's Xarxa Natura) along with es Pujols, la Savina, es Caló, es Ca Marí and Mariland. The changes put the new cap for places turístiques (“rental permits”) at 20,585: 12,081 for hotels and 8,504 for private home vaction rentals. Ferrer said the move was about “striking a balance between islanders' quality of life and tourism” not to mention “ensuring year-round housing for all and improving the economic situation”.

Plan for quality
A number of new statutes were adopted as well: one GxF- and PSOE-backed measure (PP party members abstained) about the pla de qualitat for local holiday rentals. Ferrer framed them as “the make-or-break conditions that single- and multi-family homes must uphold if they are adapted for tourism”.

Debated by members of the Consell d'Entitats, the Plan for Quality sets minimum standards—renewable energy and parking spaces for bikes, to name two—for things like furniture, hygiene, general lodging conditions and environmental essentials. If property owners can prove compliance with the standards (26 points are compulsory while another 20—of which a total of 14 must be completed—are judged on a case by case basis) they obtain an accreditation known as “DRIAT”.

Administrative fee
Full assembly support came for a measure involving comments and definitive approval on the regulatory ordinance for the administrative service fee on tourism. The ordinance sets the processing fee at €300 for a 5-year rental permit and €150 for yearly renewal.

Fee for rental permits
“Yes” votes from GxF and PSOE councillors meant backing, despite PP abstention, for comments about and approval of a by-law regulating the per-bed cost of permits to provide rental accommodation. A rental permit for one bed costs €70/year and another 5% for each additional bed: a one-bed permit costs €70; the second costs €70+5% (€73.5); the third €73.5+5%, and so on until the base amount at the twelfth permit (€119.72).


April 23, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

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